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Sep 17, 2010 9:00pm EDT
. >> larry: we're back with our panel in a couple moments. but neuro surgeons from the west virginia health science center are on the front lines of an experimental approach for the treatment of obesity. it target the brain and not the belly. here to talk about it is dr. julian bails. what have we discovered? explain what this is, doctor. >> this is inserting electrodes deep in the brain in the part that controls our appetite. our neuro surgeons have spearheaded this fda approved study to see if this possibly would have some benefit for patients with morbid obesity. the most severe forms. the one where their life expectancy will be affected. >> larry: how does it work? >> electrodes are placed on both sides of the brain. one into the part that makes you feel full and the other part is the appetite center where your drive to eat is. a pacemaker generator is inserted under the skin and we change settings and try to see if we can affect the appetite drive these patients have. >> larry: what have you learn sod falearned so far? >> the procedure can be done safely. we don't think we're having si
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